Owen Farr

Tutor in Tenor Horn

Owen Farr enjoyed a busy teaching career at the RNCM, RWCMD, RBC and Liverpool University. He is also an official Besson tester, involved in the development of Besson tenor horns, and regularly tours the country raising awareness of the instrument with his lyrical tone and stunning technical precision.

Alongside Richard Marshall, Alan Morrison, Nicholas Hudson and Shaun Crowther he formed Sonar Brass, a dynamic ensemble that enjoyed great success, with broadcasts on Radio 2’s Listen to the Band and Friday Night is Music Night.

Owen began his musical career with the Pontypool Brass Band at the age of six. He soon joined Gwent County Youth Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, progressing to Principal Horn in both ensembles. Owen’s growing talent was recognised in 1995 when he became the British Open Junior Solo Champion and was appointed Solo Horn for the Tredegar Town Band at the age of 16. In 1998, after enrolling at the RNCM, Owen joined the Williams Fairey Band. Owen thrived in both these environments and was voted Player of the Year by his fellow players at the band. He enjoyed many successful solo performances with the band and was also a key member in their two National Finals victories.